MOVILLE, Iowa | Golf has long been a way of life for the Lockins of Aurelia.
It’s a trait that’s been passed down from the late John Lockin, an Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Famer to his four children and now his grandchildren.
LeAnn (Lockin) Patton, the youngest of John and Doris Lockin’s four talented children, was a state runner-up for Aurelia High School in 1989.
She followed in the footsteps of older brothers Doug, the 1979 Iowa Class A state runner-up, and Brian, who claimed back-to-back Class 1A state championships in 1985 and 1986.
LeAnn went on to play at Iowa State University and has since been the architect of a state-championship caliber girls golf team at Alta-Aurelia. The Warriors have won three of the last four Iowa Class 2A state team championships, including two in a row, and will get a chance for a three-peat after winning a four-team regional at The Meadows Golf Course here Monday.
Alta-Aurelia, which will shoot for its third consecutive title at Jester Park in Granger May 30-31, shot a 392 while West Lyon also advanced to state with a 434. The top two teams and five individuals and ties from each regional move on to state.
West Lyon clipped Orange City Unity Christian by two strokes for second, while Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto was fourth with 458.
“This makes seven straight years for Alta-Aurelia (to state) since we’ve come together,” Patton said. “This year we didn’t know because we weren’t as strong as we have been in the past, but today was awesome. All year the girls in the third through sixth positions have come through and held their own.
“We’ve just had a wonderful tradition with Alta and Aurelia coming together with some family and nieces of mine playing and some young girls that just see the success and that’s the fun thing. This year we maybe haven’t been as deep and strong as we have, but they just persevered and that’s the fun part of this group.”
Sophomore Annika Patton, the coach’s daughter, has apparently listened to what her coach/mother has told her. Annika Patton finished as state runner-up as a freshman and claimed medalist honors Monday, touring the tough layout in 6-over-par 78.
“It’s a great tradition we have here at Alta-Aurelia and we all strive to do the best we can,” Annika Patton said. “I kept it consistent today (39-39), which is what I like to do, stay focused and don’t let anything bother me, play my game.
“Last year was great, I had absolutely no idea how well I was going to do. I want to go back and do the best I can. I can’t wait.”
Junior Erin Lockin, LeAnn’s niece (Brian’s daughter), shot 47-49—96, while senior Cassidy Bloom was next in line for the Warriors with 57-48—105 and senior Abbie Wilson shot 54-59—113.
State qualifier West Lyon was led by junior Mia Hoogeveen, who carded 52-49—101. Senior Rebekah Ripperda shot 53-55—108, senior Katie Roemen 51-60—111 and senior Bailee Roemen 55-59—114.
Woodbury Central sophomore Sally Gallagher earned runner-up medalist honors with 41-44—85. The rest of the top five included Okoboji sophomore Hannah Butler (43-47—90), Missouri Valley sophomore Madison Lease (45-50—95) and Alta-Aurelia’s Erin Lockin.
Butler and Lockin tied for sixth in last year’s state meet.
The Meadows, the Iowa Golf Association’s nine-hole course of the year in 2012, proved difficult as just six of the 26 players broke 100.
Kate Fessler paced Unity Christian with 52-49—101 and Haylee Halbur was MVAO’s low shooter with 51-47—98.